Music Matters
A Place for Music Fans!
Don Cornelius

Iconic television/radio figure who created Soul Train, longest running syndicated TV show

< read all 2 reviews

Peace, Love and Soul

  • Feb 1, 2012
Rating:
+5
I'm incredibly sad to hear of Don Cornelius' death by gunshot wound to the head, apparently self-inflicted today, He helped put soul music on the map and introduced and influenced such artists as The Jackson 5, MJ, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and countless others. He also helped launch the careers of dancers who never would have had the opportunity. Bringing soul music and black artists into the living rooms of white America, Cornelius helped to bridge the race gap through music.

                         

An interesting note, Michael Jackson said that he watched James Brown perform on Soul Train and that influenced his dancing. If you're a fan of both, like myself, you can easily see how that's true. Each man conducted the band with his body because he so fully felt his music. So, I guess it's easy to say that without Soul Train there may not have been a Michael Jackson or a moonwalk.
   
                        
 

"Soul Train" is the longest-running nationally syndicated show in history, on air from 1971 through 2006. Cornelius was the host before stepping away in 1993. He stayed on as the program's executive producer and expanded "Soul Train" into an annual awards show.

                        


Fame will always bring problems, have we not learned that yet? Cornelius had his fair share of legal problems with multiple accusations of domestic violence against his ex wife and within the last few years. I can only speculate that these legal difficulties and the rocky break-up of his marriage are the reasons behind this alleged suicide, though I'm interested in learning more. When and if I learn it's more than that, I will update this review. Side note: the +5 is only for his influence on American music and TV, obviously not for the alleged abuse against his wife (that would be a -infinity!) or him as a person, I never met him so I can't properly judge him.

I remember growing up to Soul Music and I lived for watching the guest stars sing their hearts out while I danced my butt off in my living room. I will never forget Cornelius' voice, signing off with..."as always, Peace, Love and Soul." May you enjoy the Soul Train ride in the sky, Don, and peace, love and soul to you, always.

What did you think of this review?

Helpful
21
Thought-Provoking
21
Fun to Read
21
Well-Organized
21
Post a Comment
March 21, 2012
I watched Soul Train every Saturday when I was a kid -- sorry to hear about his death. And this was an excellent write up Sam.
April 08, 2012
Thanks Brenda, I did the same thing! I used to dance along to Soul Train when I was a little girl. No one could throw a dance party like the Don.
 
March 19, 2012
Ok I am not sure how I missed this--but this is awesome!
April 08, 2012
Thanks Woo! You're AWESOME!
 
February 09, 2012
I was absolutely shocked to hear that it was violence that killed this man, so very sad indeed. Lovely tribute though!
February 13, 2012
I was shocked that is was suicide too. Thanks!
 
February 09, 2012
What do you get when you fall in love? You only get a lot of pain and sorrow... Who sang that decades ago?
February 09, 2012
Well, there's a TON or people who sang the song. It's called "I'll Never Fall in Love Again". The artists range from Burt Bacharach to Dionne Warwick to Elvis Costello to Mary Chapin Carpenter...so take your pick ;p
February 09, 2012
I'm thinking about Dionne Warwick.
February 09, 2012
Here you go :)

February 10, 2012
Thanks.
 
February 09, 2012
I had no idea it ran that long.
February 09, 2012
I know, it's crazy how long it lasted.
 
1
About the reviewer
Samantha ()
Ranked #4
I'm a human jukebox that is constantly changing my station depending on my mood!   Feel free to share your passion with me in my communities: Pass the Remote!, Hip Hop Culture, Wedding Planning … more
Consider the Source

Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.

You
djevoke
Your ratings:
rate more to improve this
First to Review
© 2014 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
Music Matters is part of the Lunch.com Network - Get this on your site
()
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since
reviews
comments
ratings
questions
compliments
lists